Expert Picks: 2014 Greenbrier Classic


This week marks the 34th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to The Old White TPC for the Greenbrier Classic. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and John Antonini; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; staff writer Ryan Lavner and defending fantasy champion Charlie Rymer.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Patrick Reed: He may not have closed the deal on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National, and he's still not a top-5 player, but his golf is coming back around after a post-WGC Cadillac Championship slump and you never have to worry about his confidence.

Group 2: Brendon Todd: There has been no drop-off in his game since earning his breakthrough victory in May at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, with top-10 showings in three of four starts since then, including last week's tie for fifth.

Group 3: Shawn Stefani: His playoff loss to Justin Rose on Sunday at Congressional is just the most recent indication the second-year PGA Tour player is closing in on the winner's circle.

Group 4: Hudson Swafford: After a tough start to his rookie campaign, Swafford has recovered thanks to his work with new swing coach Mike Taylor and some timely finishes the last two weeks (T-24 at the Travelers Championship and T-11 at Quicken Loans National).

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Jimmy Walker: With his place on the Ryder Cup team already solidified, Walker is playing for potential POY honors now.

Group 2: Brendon de Jonge: Virginia Tech product is playing one of his favorite tourneys. He'll win here...someday.

Group 3: Ben Curtis: Call it a hunch. At least a few times per year, Curtis shows flashes of what once brought him a major victory.

Group 4: Hudson Swafford: You (maybe) heard it here first: He will (maybe) be the next UGA alum to win a PGA Tour title.

John Antonini

Group 1: Jimmy Walker: If you think Walker has slumped since the last of his three wins, think again. In nine post-Pebble starts, he has four top 10s (two in majors) and nine top-25 finishes. He was T-2 at Greenbrier a year ago.

Group 2: Brendon Todd: This guy just keeps getting better. In his last five starts - including his win in Dallas - Todd has five top-20 finishes and 16 of his 20 rounds are at par or better.

Group 3: Andrew Svoboda: Svoboda, not Keegan Bradley, holds the school record for most victories at St. John's. That won't get him on the leaderboard at Greenbrier, but being 15th on Tour in ball-striking will.

Group 4: Johnson Wagner: He's the only one of the four players who finished T-2 to Jonas Blixt a year ago who hasn't won this season. Walker won three times, Steven Bowditch won in San Antonio and Matt Jones won in Houston. What are you waiting for, Johnson?